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Dusky Shark

Illustrator
Duane Raver, Jr.
Season
CLOSED - no harvest permitted

Dusky sharks must be immediately released to ensure the maximum probability of survival, without removing the fish from the water.
Size Limit
CLOSED - no harvest permitted

Dusky sharks must be immediately released to ensure the maximum probability of survival., without removing the fish from the water.
Daily Limit / Person
CLOSED - no harvest permitted

Dusky sharks must be immediately released to ensure the maximum probability of survival, without removing the fish from the water.
Delaware Range
Atlantic Ocean
Abundance in Delaware Waters
Uncommon
General Habitat and Food Preferences
The Dusky Shark ranges from shallow inshore waters to deep, wide open waters. Although generally a bottom feeder, it can be found from the surface to a depth of over 1000 feet.

They feed on fishes, sharks, skates, rays, crabs, octopi, and squids.
General Description
The Dusky Shark is often mistaken for the sandbar shark.

The Dusky Shark is a large shark with a long streamlined body. The upper side is brown to gray with the underside white.

They are very similar in appearance to the sandbar shark but can be distinguished by its smaller dorsal fin. The underside of the pectoral fins, anal fin and the lower caudal fin lobe darken towards the tips; this is more obvious in juveniles.

They have a defined interdorsal ridge (ridge of skin going down the back between the two dorsal fins).

The upper and lower teeth are nearly erect. The upper teeth are triangular with serrated edges. The lower teeth are narrower and more finely serrated.
Did You Know?
The Dusky Shark has been known to eat human refuse (trash).
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
It is unlawful to release a Dusky Shark in a manner that will not ensure the shark's maximum probability of survival (e.g., no gaffs, no clubbing, careful hook removal, etc.).

It is unlawful for any hook and line fisherman to remove a Dusky Shark from the water.
Typical Sizes Caught
In general, Dusky Sharks can weigh upward of 500 pounds.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Dusky Sharks are a protected species and are not currently eligible for any Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament citation.
Delaware State Record
Dusky Sharks are a protected species and are not currently eligible for any Delaware record.